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The greatest enemy of absurdity is its own voice. It is essential therefore that those with extreme and absurd views be encouraged to speak them as often as possible. Rather than seek to stifle their voice or to remove a platform for their views, one should be provided: Another prescient example of this is Danny...
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It has always been obvious that although the government had been successful in outlawing a number of printed publications, the fact that each of these could be downloaded from multiple places on the internet made the bans more or less redundant. So it is not surprising that the Daily Telegraph is reporting today that the...
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It has always been obvious that although the government had been successful in outlawing a number of printed publications, the fact that each of these could be downloaded from multiple places on the internet made the bans more or less redundant. So it is not surprising that the Daily Telegraph is reporting today that the...
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Did Western European Christians stop having children because they became secularised, or did they become secularised because they stopped having children? In the Hoover Institution’s Policy Review Mary Eberstadt looks for an answer. And therein lies a real defect with the conventional story line about how and why religion collapsed in Western Europe. For what...
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In a department store yesterday, a sales assistant was helping me with a product; he needed to check the price and when he got back to me, he went to ring through the transaction. In the interim, a woman had gone to the counter, products on hand ready to buy. Technically I was there first...
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The thought of their head of state being married to a woman who wears the dreaded hijab appears too much for some Turks to handle. As al-Ahram put it: Secularist Turks regard having a head-scarfed first lady in the presidential palace as a violation of the secular state. And the military is so distressed that...
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Halal certification for food can, at times, be something of a rort. There is well-known principle in fiqh (jurisprudence) that states that the ‘asl (basis) of all things outside of matters of worship is that they are permissible. In other words, the starting assumption when faced with these issues is that they are allowed. This...
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The following article was originally published in the Herald Sun today. It is written as a response to the recent intervention of the Australian government to prevent two Muslim scholars from attending an Islamic conference this weekend. THE Federal Government has decided to ban Canadian Muslim cleric Sheik Bilal Philips from entering Australia to attend...
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This is the first in a special series of guest posts by Sindbad of Islamophobia Watcher. Sindbad will be analysing the 2004 Nixon Center’s report, Understanding Sufism and its Potential Role in US Policy [pdf]. Note: This piece has NOTHING to do with the experience of Sufis or Sufism, and so I’ve put the word...
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Mainstream media has recently covered the ‘burqini’ phenomenon, extolling its virtues and gushing over the lifesavers who are adopting its use in what is, unashamedly, a PR exercise to dim the Anglo face of beach culture. For those living under a rock, the burqini is a “Muslim-friendly” swimsuit for women, which apparently covers the body...
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